Former UGA QB Jacob Eason could start for NFL’s Colts after freak injury

This is a 2020 photo of Jacob Eason of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team
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Former UGA quarterback Jacob Eason could be the surprise starter at quarterback for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts after a freak injury.

Eason’s possible opening came after it was learned that the Colts’ No. 1 QB, Carson Wentz, is out “indefinitely” with a foot injury, per ESPN. The injury occurred at the end of the team’s practice on Thursday, and Wentz will undergo further testing.

On Friday, Eason took first-team reps at the position, and he’s backed up by former Texas quarterback Sam Ellinger. Obviously the Colts could also go after a veteran if Wentz will miss extended time.

This could also be Eason’s big break. The 23-year-old Eason was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he was the Colts’ third-string quarterback last year behind Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett – who are both gone from the team. Eason has yet to appear in any games for Indianapolis.

The 6-foot-6 Eason played at UGA for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was the starting quarterback entering his sophomore season, but injured his knee in the season-opener against Appalachian State. Freshman Jake Fromm took over the job, with Bulldogs – led by seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel – reaching the national championship game.

Eason transferred to Washington for one season of play before declaring for the NFL.

Back to Fromm: His NFL roster spot “may be in jeopardy” with the Buffalo Bills as he’s in a hotly-contested battle to be in the No. 3 QB.

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